Paul J. Saunders (MA REES/Political Science ’92, BA Political Science ’90), executive director, The Nixon Center. Sponsor: CREES.
A year and a half after Russia's 2008 presidential elections, the division of labor between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin remains murky. Medvedev is widely viewed as less influential than Putin, yet is clearly not a figurehead. At the same time, increasing competition is evident between their staffs and Putin has faced public personal criticism rarely witnessed during his presidency. It's an exciting time for Russia-watchers, and who's in charge is only the first of many intriguing questions.